Aaron and Austin discuss the recent congressional hearings regarding healing race relations by Federal reparations for slavery. Austin brings up some of the moral and practical concerns that the proposed financial reparations would pose (yes, Taxation is Theft is brought up) but also suggests other ways that the Federal Government could attempt to make reparations for slavery without a plaintiff/defendant dynamic. Aaron brings up social psychology’s Contact Hypothesis, as well as the notion of transitional justice, and how we need the latter to get to the first. Aaron and Austin discuss the specific utility that transitional justice possesses due to its individual and community-based focus, rather than it being an ineffective top-down solution, as any Federal solution is likely to be.
The Chicago Principles on Post-Conflict Justice: http://www.concernedhistorians.org/content_files/file/to/213.pdf
The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/
Coleman Hughes on Reparations: https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/coleman-hughes-slavery-reparations-defense/
How Slavery Existed Far Beyond the Emancipation Proclamation: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/437573/blacks-were-enslaved-well-into-the-1960s
A Summary of the Reparation Hearings: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cory-booker-to-testify-before-house-panel-on-reparations.amp
Dr. Anthony Bradley on Transitional Justice: https://www.fathommag.com/stories/finally-healing-the-wounds-of-jim-crow